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Stellar Work


Having the pleasure of seeing Brian many times live including a Jazz Cruise, this album just keeps elevating his stature of the premier smooth jazz piannist and arranger in the industry today. Lots of chill and making love music here!!!



Concurrent with his success as a solo Smooth Jazz artist, keyboardist/composer Brian Simpson has been a true music MVP, serving as Dave Koz’s musical director for two decades and working with legends the likes of George Duke and Stanley Clarke to Larry Carlton, Billy Cobham and Gerald Albright. His effortless way with lively, infectious melodies, jazzy ivory improvisations, super-vibey atmospheres and nonstop seductive grooves, hits another sweet spot on PERSUASION, his 7th album as a leader. While his lush piano stays front and center, Simpson surrounds himself with format super stars Boney James and Peter White. You won’t need to be persuaded to listen to PERSUASION over and over!

About Brian Simpson

Keyboardist and composer Brian Simpson is a sought-after studio musician and musical director who has regularly crossed from jazz to pop and R&B. Raised in Gurnee, Illinois, Simpson grew up in a musical family and eventually earned his music degree from Northern Illinois University. After graduating, he relocated to Los Angeles, where he found work performing with such artists as Boney James, Norman Brown, and Everette Harp. This led to stints touring with a variety of pop artists, including Janet Jackson and Teena Marie.

In 1991, Simpson garnered more attention after co-writing Surface's number one hit R&B single "The First Time." As a studio musician, Simpson has worked with such artists as Stanley Clarke, Kirk Whalum, and George Duke. Since the late '90s, he has acted as musical director for saxophonist Dave Koz. Simpson has released several albums as a solo artist, including 1995's Closer Still and 2005's It's All Good. Two years later, Simpson delivered the album Above the Clouds.

In 2013, Simpson released Just What You Need, featuring guest appearances by Gerald Albright, Marc Antoine, Elan Trotman, and Jonathan Butler. Out of a Dream followed two years later. In 2016, Simpson returned with his seventh solo effort, and fourth for the Shanachie label, Persuasion. The album featured performances with a cast of smooth jazz luminaries including saxophonist Boney James, guitarist Peter White, bassist Axel Al, and others. ~ Matt Collar

    Gurnee, IL

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